It will be interesting to see if Vander Plaats makes any mention of Deace’s comments when he is expected to announce his ‘vote no’ campaign for judicial retention later this morning. Justices Baker and Streit as well as Chief Justice Ternus are up for a retention vote on the November 2nd ballot. A sufficient number of ‘no’ votes would remove them from the bench.
Former GOP Candidate Bob Vander Plaats will not be making a bid for Governor in 2010, says a Vander Plaats insider who is familiar with BVP’s plans. Instead, Mr. Vander Plaats will reportedly be launching an initiative to remove from office several Iowa Supreme Court Justices who will appear on the ballot for a retention vote this Fall. The source, who is not authorized to speak on the matter, says that he became familiar with Mr. Vander Plaats’ plans during a private meeting with him “…within the last couple of weeks.”
Vander Plaats excited many bloggers and pundits on Thursday by announcing a press conference for Friday morning on the steps of the Capitol in Des Moines. Rumors have been circulating for weeks about a possible Vander Plaats third-party bid for Governor in the wake of BVP’s bitter loss to former Governor Terry Branstad, followed a month later by an unsuccessful and surprise attempt to gain the GOP’s Lt. Governor nod at state convention in early July. Publicly, Vander Plaats has been unusually silent until today, which further drove speculation of a potential bid for Governor.
Even though Vander Plaats may not be running, it does not necessarily follow that BVP will throw his full weight behind Governor Branstad’s candidacy. “The only one who knows that is Bob,” said the source.
Vander Plaats’ spokesperson, Chris Dorsey, declined to comment on this story.
UPDATE: James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette is reporting that BVP, “…will neither endorse former Gov. Terry Branstad nor announce a third-party bid for governor when he speaks at a Statehouse news conference [on Friday].” This report confirms the story The Sentiment reported earlier today.